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the united states' potential role. health care was president obama's defining achievement for his first term. when we look at a second term will the president look at middle east peace, the road map to peace might this be his big deal for his second term? does it need to be? >> i think that's part of the motivation here. you know, you have coming up the palestinian authority which of course controls the west bank but not gaza is preparing to try to move toward enhanced status within the united nations and then president abbas indicated in the aftermath of that he might petition prime minister netanyahu to resume middle east negotiations. hamas obviously hears that and as we've seen many times in the past is trying to act as the spoiler. it's trying to remind the palestinian people that it's the resistance that's not looking for a peaceful resolution to this. so there's a lot of politics in play in what hamas has done and potential politics in play in terms of how israel responds. obviously this could create an opening down the road. the united states wants to see a return to an actual negoti
, beginning with the state department saying it was a terrorist attack. president obama said it was a video. susan rice said the same thing. there is a lot of smoke that should be cleared up. host: ronald kessler, written several pieces about all of this. thank you for being here. the debates over avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff with evan bayh. then we will discuss global reaction to president obama's second term. but first in news update. guest: more on the david petraeus story. the agent that launched the investigation was barred from taking part in the case over the summer because of concerns that he was personally involved in the case. the agent continued to press the matter and relate his concerns to a member of congress. congress returns today and will try to work out how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. refers to tax increases and spending cuts to defense and domestic problgrams. the issue may not be resolved by year's end. pretty much everyone will be affected if there is no deal. it could throw the economy back into recession and cost no income families about $2,000 more ne
the fiscal cliff, the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts. mr. obama was also forced to answer questions about the resignation of his cia chief and the events that unfolded in benghazi. >> the president of the united states, reelected and reinvigorated with big plans for his second term. >> i hear you have some questions for me. >> not the questions he might have to imagine a week ago. instead the white house is dealing with not a sex scandal of the cia director. >> i have no evidence at this point that classified information was disclosed. >> should the fbi have told him sooner about the affair? >> i am withholding judgment as to how the entire process surrounding general petraeus up.e of we do not have all the information yet. >> general david petraeus resigned after admitting to an affair with his biographer, house last brother's night. 's file e-mails sent by pawlenty -- hostile emails sent by broadwell. barack obama is desperate to move on, but the message from capitol hill is not so fast. members of congress are troubled by questions about david petraeus. to address them,
obama the big margin. >> in some parts of rural maine, there are dozens of plaque people who came in to vote but nobody in tune flu them. >> what would that be, the united states of caucasia. >> who is going to give them things? president obama. >> give them extraordinary financial gifts from the gift. >> it's absolutely wrong. i don't think that of that represents where we are as a party and where we're going. >> this picture before you is worth millions of votes. >> i love you women. >> what actually can republicans do to win votes? >> they have to frame their arguments through the prism of the vagina. >> let's get right to our panel. krystal ball is my colleague. michael scherer is white house correspondent for "time" magazine and msnbc contributor goldie taylor is with us, too. krystal, i'm not a gynecologist so i'm not going to look at things through that particular prism. but please tell me what you think of this line from the romney tapes. are you ready for it? >> i'm ready. >> okay. here it is. free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. the man is a g
, wolf, state leaders on both sides of the issue are holding their fire to see if president obama -- and keep an eye on the fight over the keystone xl pipeline. it's seen by many as the first test as to which direction president obama wants to go and the administration could issue its decision on whether to let that project move forward here in the next few months. >> that's critically important to a lot of folks out there. >>> next, a new commercial stirring up quite a bit of controversy. ♪ [ male announcer ] you build a reputation by not breaking down. consider the silverado 1500 -- still the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road. and now we've also been recognized for lowest total cost of ownership -- based on important things, like depreciation, fuel, and maintenance costs. and now trade up to get a 2012 chevy silverado all-star edition with a total value of $9,000. from outstanding value to standing the test of time, chevy runs deep. >>> move over, talking baby, tiny lizards. there's a new commercial star in town and it has fur and it flies. here's
because i had many of those states on the list of states i would like to secede from the united states. they call it the united flakes of america? >> i don't know. >> united states of -- >> police say three men were so angry that president obama won the election they went to paramour and sold stop signs and street signs. >> the signs were piled up in the pickup as troopers pulled it over. take a look. you can see a stop sign and two road signs from an intersection. >> haley barbour was in vegas for the republican governor's association and yesterday said the g.o.p. needed a proctology exam. >> i'm going to ask you which republican needs to bend over first? >> oh, wow. >> that's a very loaded question thomas. in my mid-40s i've had one of those exams i don't want to go first. >> the energy drink you're about to chug could kill you. why did they give me this? >> you have one in your pocket. >> joining the list of potentially deadly pick me ups i'm on hour one. keep your fingers crossed. >> trump tweeted earlie
at the monastery where a monk gave the president and secretary of state hillary clinton a tour of the monastery and the president told the monk that the united states could use some prayers right now to avoid the fiscal cliff. listen here. >> (inaudible) >> president obama also met with the king of thailand overnight who is the longest reigning monarch in the world. been in power since 1946. believe it or not, the king of thailand born in massachusetts, as a gift, the president obama gave the king an album with pictures of the all the presidents and first ladies he's met starting with eisenhower and the last page was left blank, we're told so there's a picture of a picture with president obama from this week's trip. and once it's wrapped up in thailand, it's off to burma. no sitting u.s. president has been to burma and their record on human rights is not great, but white house officials say they think that the burmese have taken some positive steps toward democracy lately and their position, the white house's position is that the best way to address any concerns about human rights violations i
. >> there you go. there's another deadline looming on obama care. >> it's been extended. this is so interesting. you had some republican governors who were saying they didn't want to file -- they didn't want to set up the state health care exchanges or they were waiting to decide until the outcome of the election. they were hoping mitt romney had win and he had said he would repeal obama care. the president won, the state exchanges must be up and running by 2014. the deadline was today for states to declare that they were going to get those going and now the hhs, the health and human services administration has said, you have another month to decide. you have another month to decide to put that off. you see, you've got to have an online marketplace to make health care affordable that's open in 2014. it's all laid out in the affordable care act. the cbo, congressional budget office, says the state health exchanges will cover 25 million people with insurance. you will get subsidies. >> the state doesn't do it. the federal government will come in and do it for them. >> right. >> which the states h
of 20 states now saying no thank you to state-based marketplaces under obama care. john kasich, rick perry, and scott walker, some of the latest republic governors telling health and human services that they will not allow virtual marketplaces that's where people and small businesses can shop for coverage. in his letter. rick perry says quote it would not be fiscally responsible to put hard-working texans on the financial hook for an unknown amount of money to operate under a system -- a system under rules that have not even been written. mean while two north carolina boys thought they lucked out by taking part in halftime contest at eastern carolina football game. little did they know their prize would be seeing their marine father for the first time in five months. >> we have a very special treat for you as well. today, coming live to us from afghanistan. [cheers] >> oh my gosh. those sweet gunnery sergeant josh ricker is a 12 year service veteran and has been serving in afghanistan. his kids did not think that he would be home until christmas. >> that's beautiful. those are your h
campaign. >>> meanwhile, as new york recovers from hurricane sandy, president obama vows to revisit the worst hit areas until the damage is fully repaired. in his first trip to the state since the storm, the president took a helicopter tour of the devastation including the rockaways and breezy point which you might recall roughly 100 homes were burned in a massive fire and landed in staten island and the president met with storm victims, many of whom are still without power. >> i promise to everybody that i was speaking on behalf of the country when i said we are going to be here until the rebuilding is complete. and i meant it. i'm very proud of you, new york. you guys are tough. you bounce back. just as america always bounces back, the same is going to be true this time out. >> president obama signed his housing secretary sean donovan to be the point person for federal assistance in the area. >>> some business news and go down to the gulf. british oil company bp paying out $4.5 billion in connection with the 2010 oil rig explosion that killed 11 people and triggered a massive oil
a stand against obama care. they are announcing that they will not set up state based marketplaces. governors john kasich, rick perry and scott walker among those telling health and human services they will not allow virtual marketplaces that's where people and small businesses can shop for coverage. in his letter. perry says, quote: it would not be fiscally responsible to put hard working texans on the financial hook for unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not even been written. a total of 20 states have declined to take part. and an oklahoma teen ordered to go to church to avoid prison. last december, tyler allred was drinking and crashed his truck. his friend riding with him died instantly. all red pled guilty to plan slaughter in august and gave a tearful apology in court. instead of jail, the judge sentenced it him to probation and ordered him to go to church every sunday for the next 10 years. interesting punishment. >> check in with rick who is outside with a look at the first alert forecast. hey, rick. >> chilly morning. are you traveling on w
lawmakers are trying to figure out what the obama administration knew about the deadly attack on bengauze where i. cmn's state of the union host candy crowley is live in washington. candy, good morning. what are lawmakers expecting in this investigation? >> well, you know, what's interesting is this investigation -- and there are many of them going on, not just on capitol hill. you know, there's an outside one as well. has to do with the run-up to what happened in benghazi. was more security asked for by the ambassador himself prior to this horrific event in benghazi? were they aware of any kind of increased security because it was 9/11? then there was the attack itself. what the heck happened? how was it that we lost four americans in that attack that went on for hours and hours? why didn't help come? there's many questions. then there's the aftermath, and that is, wait a second, when did the administration know it was not about a videotape, it was not about a riot outside the benghazi consulate? it was, in fact, a terrorist attack. was it a planned terrorist attack? who were the terrori
is that the united states is involved, president obama we have been told, even as he's in asia, has been calling both the prime minister of israel and the president of egypt to be updated and to give the u.s. point of view on all of this. but it is egypt who is taking the lead and all the u.s. and other officials are talking to the palestinians via the egyptians. >> christiane amanpour, appreciate it, we'll check in with you throughout the day and well into the night here on cnn. >>> ben wedeman was early on the scene of the strike that we witnessed earlier today. several hours today -- several hours earlier today on the media center, three rockets hitting a lower floor in that building according to israeli officials, killing one member of islamic jihad and palestinian sources on this side also verifying that. ben filed this report. take a look. >> reporter: about 3:20 in the afternoon we heard three large explosions. we saw a great big ball of flame coming out of the third floor. it appears to have been an israeli air strike. this is a building that contains the offices of a television station affil
and on "meet the press," a top republican suggests for the first time that president obama may have known about the petraeus affair long before the election. >> i'm not sure the president hasn't -- was not told before election day. the attorney general said that the state -- excuse me, the department of justice did not notify the president. but we don't know if the attorney general -- >> that's new. that's news. the president knew before election day? >> i didn't say that. i said i don't know. >> and governor chris christie brings some jersey attitude to weekend update. >> i do not thank any of the stupid mayors who ignored my evacuation orders, you're idiots! and when you ignore me, it makes you look like a real seth meyers. >> oh come on. >> i'm talking here. >> all right. >> i also do not want to thank the reporters that put themselves in danger. you know, by walking into the middle of the hurricane with their cameras. we don't need you to tell us there's a hurricane. we have windows. >> message delivered. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. no cease-fire and at least 30,000 is
of that tragedy. now president obama has the gall to float the name as possible of secretary of state the name of the person who is the actual vehicle used to misinform the american people during this crisis. bill: now we move to today. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge live on the hill. good morning there. what do we expect to get from general petraeus today behind closed doors now, catherine. >> reporter: thank you, bill. the former cia director arrived here on capitol hill an hour and 20 minutes ago and a source close to the general told fox news the expectation he will tell the house intelligence and senate intelligence committees he too believed it was terrorism within 20 four hours of the attack. active link to al qaeda and ansar al-sharia to wanted to establish a islamic state in eastern libya. the source told fox news they expect the general to bring with him the original talking points put together by the cia. those talking points had input from other intelligence agencies as well as the office of the director of national intelligence and that petraeus apparently did
't before and really not now. obama on wednesday tells me susan rice as secretary of state and national security advisor will have some big role in the second term. >> thanks so much. good to see y'all. have a great thanksgiving. happy thanksgiving. all of it to you. thank you. that is a wrap up of weekends with alex. i'll see you right back here tomorrow at noon eastern. and our coverage continues is just a moment. i'm alex witt. have yourselves a great day. res, try running four. fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. ♪ ♪ ♪
's homes. >> firm word from president obama. but president obama knows that any mandate he can claim after reelection is one focusing on domestic concerns. does he have the political capital to more deeply engage the united states in a seemingly never-ending conflict, possibly with no foreseeable end. at the table, rule a gentleman bril, chris hayes, my friend and host of "up with chris hayes" here on msnbc and jane eisner, the editor in chief of the jewish daily forward and mark quarterman, research director at the enough project. thank you all for being here. so this is -- as i was saying earlier this morning, this is going to be a pretty sober conversation. i want to be clear that sometimes the topics we take on, on mhp are my wheelhouse and the things that i sort of have my fundamental point to make. today i feel more like the audience in that i feel overwhelmed by this -- these developments. i feel distressed by them. i feel, chris, like we don't have necessarily even the common vocabulary to have a conversation about what is happening. as you sort of are observing this from your chai
join 20 other states to reject a major provision of president obama's obamacare law. bill: could the twinkie live to see another day? >> i better get to buying twinkies. hopefully another company will pick them up and we can keep them going. [ male announcer ] when these come together, and these come together, one thing you can depend on is that these will come together. delicious and wholesome. some combinations were just meant to be. tomato soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. martha: it's a dangerous situation between israel and hamas and it is growing more tense. the u.s. and britain are warning of the potential risks of a full on ground war should this conflict escalate beyond the rocket attacks we are seeing now. israel says it has to do what it has to do. >> hamas simply has to stop firing and we have to create a situation where they cannot go back to the way they were before where every other week some hamas rocket people would fire dozens of rockets into the southern part of the country and send millions of israelis into bomb shelters. no count rewould to
, everybody join me in thanking the pam. panel. [applause] ♪ >>> now, former state department officials from the obama and george w. bush adds -- administrations talk about student exchange programs, social media, and voice of america broadcasts. from george washington university, this is a little less than two hours. >> i think it's going to be a great event. judith jumped the line at union station and aannoyed probably 150 people to get here. >> [inaudible] >> that's action. i hope they were not from other countries. i'm a professor here at gw and director for institute for public diplomacy and education hosting this event. find us on twitter. we're also on facebook, and we're also hosting a conversation on twitter about this event, hash tag ipdgc, and i welcome you to participate in that happen what i'm going to do to get this rolling is give brief introductions and bios for the great panel here and get going into the discussion, and we have a lot of interesting people in the room so i know we have to leave time for discussion. first, we have ambassador glassman, executive the george w. b
. we were all paying attention to the election, re-election of barack obama war is breaking out in the middle east? what, what? >> when did that happen? [laughter] for the last 18 months we've been focused on the united states or the arab spring or iran's nuclear weapons. we've not focused on israel. but israel looks all around its neighborhood, and it says we are beset on every single one of our borders. we are surrounded. we have a syrian war that could threaten to spill over, hezbollah in southern lebanon attacking israel. we have an unstable jordan, we have on our southern border the one thing that we had to keep the peace for the last 40 years, egypt. egypt now has a new government, the muslim brotherhood government. they have said they're going to reconsider that peace agreement they've had for the last 40 years. the sinai peninsula which is a desert, a demilitarized zone between israel and egypt, al-qaeda's set up shop there, so the fact that you now have the egyptian prime minister going to gaza and either trying to broker a deal or if no deal to be had, siding with gaza
cain or obama? >> well, there's no reason why the president of the united states and the commander in chief would not be told that it was al qaeda, and he is privy to all classified information. i can person-- as far as susan s concerned, she's a cabinet member, she went on the sunday shows and repeated over and over and over what we knew at the time could not possibly be the full story, and i was on this show with you two ladies before she went on those sunday shows and i said if you think this is about a youtube video, then get in line for a female procedure, which i will not again repeat. it was clear to reporting, to anyone who picked up the newspaper who read -- even read foreign papers that what susan rice was pedaling on those sunday shows was not the full story. even though she insisted over and over and over again that this was a spontaneous mob action, which as we have now learned, did not even take place. she has to be held accountable, as well as the people who -- president obama himself who said they put her out there to carry this water. why? >> all right. we're going to leave
, they are burning up the phone lines. that's essentially what the united states is doing. you know, of course, president obama is watching this very closely, but he is being updated by secretary clinton, and i just ran out of the briefing to do the slide shot. the briefing here at the state department. they gave a list, again, of more phone calls. the secretary has been making over the past few days. you know, it includes the prime ministers of basically from israel, egypt, the u.n. secretary general ban ki moon. french foreign minister qatari prime minister, foreign minister, and the turkish foreign minister. you can see what they're doing is tapping the countries that have the most influence. number one would have to be egypt. very, very important. also turkey. you can see the delicate balancing act by the president and secretary clinton is saying the same thing. on the one hand israel has the right to defend itself against these rocket attacks from gaza, but it also has to try to keep this to a minimum and try to bring this as they keep saying de-escalate the situation. suzanne. >> jill, s
to actually have a budget for the first time in four years for the united states of america. and again, barack obama is going to look at his legacy and looking at markets. he has a terrific opportunity right here and right now to embrace small business, get the markets growing again and really do a lot for his legacy in the long run. rick: simon, americans do seem to want to see a certain level of cooperation between the parties. you know, but this is a president who has not really shown a willingness to reach across the aisle. now in his second term does that change? >> well, i don't agree with the first statement but i think that he has made it clear from his statements of the last few days that he expects to work with john boehner and republicans and mitch mcconnell in the senate to try to, you know, tackle a few big things. i think one of the things my, the other guest said, which is just fallacious and wrong and shouldn't be repeated is that the idea that the raising rates on people over $250,000 is going to hit a majority of small business owners. >> simon, y a small business. you're a p
the state department's chief economist and a former obama administration adviser on the auto bailout. this forum hosted by the world affairs councils of america, runs a little under an hour. >> thank you very much for that introduction. lori said to me that since we started a bit late, provided it's okay with her speakers we will run a little bit late, maybe five or 10 after 2:00. i'm going to ask them questions for about 40 minutes and then throw the floor open to you, so get your notebooks out in your questions and you can grill them in a moment. before starting, lori asked me to set set the frame a little bit and to talk just for a moment about u.s. competitiveness in the u.s. economy in a global context and there actually was an oecd report they came that came out this morning that does that admirably. this report submits that within four years, by 2016, the chinese economy will be bigger than the u.s. economy, and what the oecd report sort of further says, it's a great reporting appearances to take a look on line. today, the u.s. economy is accounting for 23% of the world's econ
previously. that's something that is of great concern to countries like the united states that view iran's nuclear activities with very deep suspicion, don. >> absolutely. speaking of the united states, the u.s. president barack obama said this week that he believed there was a, quote, window of time to peacefully resolve this with iran. but what are the implications now, matthew? >> well, i mean, the implications are that if iran were to make use of its new increased capacity to make nuclear material for weapons, and it hasn't said that it will do this, it said quite the opposite, in fact, that would mean that we have an opportunity that president obama was talking about would get narrower. at the moment, though, i think it is important to point out that iran is still staying well clear of the sort of line in the sand, the red line, that it would cross to provoke any kind of military response. it still doesn't have the kind of nuclear material or indeed the other technologies necessary to build a nuclear weapon, at least not for some significant time in the future, don. >> matthew chanc
obama in my country and in my house. >> reporter: with him, secretary of state hillary clinton. he said, this is their last official trip together as she plans to leave the state department. >> i could not be more grateful, not only for your service, hillary, but also for the powerful message that you and a aung san suu kyi send. >> reporter: in cambodia, president obama was there for two summits on the focus of trade. very early tuesday morning, cambodia time, president obama spoke with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and got an update on the situation. he also called egypt's president morsi and according to the white house n that call, the president discussed with morsi the importance of getting hamas to stop firing rockets into israel. the president has publicly said he believes this is essential for stability and to get a piece in process. from here, the president will have a partial day of summits in cambodia, mostly focused on trade issues, before flying home in time for thanksgiving. joe? >> that's jessica yellin reporting. now we're going to continue the special editio
of representatives, president obama won the electoral vote. pretty solid. he won the popular vote, which is decisive. he won eight out of nine of the battleground states that we were told they were so close, they could have gone to mitt romney. host: where the polls wrong? what is going on? -- were the polls wrong? what is going on? guest: every night on the news, what led the news. -- what led the news? the latest gallup poll. they have not been right since they were wrong in 1946. i must say, nate got it right on the blog. host: good morning. caller: i noticed throughout the campaigning that republican politicians have like complete contempt for the republican voter. mitt romney went to ohio and told a horrible, embarrassing lie. that tells me that they feel the republican voter is someone to be led by the nose, who can be manipulated, who can be fooled. is that what mitt romney did so poorly? host: thank you. guest: i do not think they were taking the republican voters for granted. i think they failed to reach beyond the republican base, the way i saw it. what mitt romney and paul ryan were doing
think at the central plank of this, is ambassador rice at fault or as barack obama said today, she was merely passing on intelligence and not a key player in all of this, and tlf, if he -- therefore if he wants to make her secretary of state, he can do it. >> well, i was substituting for george stephanopoulos and all of the shows were trying to get hillary clinton to talk about benghazi, but for whatever reason she did not come out, and he put out susan rice. it is interesting that the president said she had nothing to do with benghazi, then why was she on the show? >> didn't she make herself a key player or the person put up by the administration to launch the defense, and she would have said, look, we believe there are a number of possible theories, and that may have been a get-out, but she didn't do it. >> she was a good soldier and did what the administration told her to do and read the talking points. >> did she act in good faith do you believe? >> i can't get inside of her brain, but i believe she was repeating the intelligence and what the white house told her to say, becaus
with right now. and it leaves the united states at a difficult position. you remember president obama said in that -- in that interview with telemundo that he wasn't sure if egypt was a steadfast ally anymore. right now when you have egyptian officials coming here and expressing solidarity with hamas, it's clear why the united states had those doubts. >> richard engel, thank you very much. >>> here is erica. >> lester, thanks. we are learning more today about september's deadly consulate attack. former cia director david petraeus, still reeling from revelations of his affair testified on capitol hill behind closed doors. kristen welker has more. >> reporter: general petraeus snuck in and out of the capitol on friday, but his testimony is still making waves with lawmakers. some say it only raises more questions about the way the administration handled the bengahzi attack. reporters were blocked from petraeus to spare him embarrassment. lawmakers say petraeus testified that cia immediately believed that terrorists were involved in the assault, that is in contrast to what secretary rice said
obama's foreign policies ahead. he will have to deal with an entirely new team. he came in and put hillary clinton as secretary of state, inherited bob gates and inherited gen. petraeus and put him afghanistan and cia and now he has to fill those positions and see who can help him deal with these challenges. >> bob, as one who has more than a passing acquaintance with scandals, where do you think the so-called libya scandal is now? >> i think there are serious unanswered questions but the suggestion they should have watergate style, independent special committees to investigate this, i don't see that yet because the question seems to be what did susan rice know and when did she know it? which falls not very high on the scale of do we really need to get to the bottom of this? i kind of disagree with chuck. i think we will find out what happened and i think we should. and you never know what this is going to show. but the real issue is libyan policy. you know, what are we going to do with this country that -- we don't know what the future is. and a light footprint might be the answer
, and that is where i think that israel and the united states very much had this sort of camaraderie and even despite the bad blood between netanyahu and our leader president obama, and the countries do maintain a healthy relationship, and you have a lot of american jews who do have dual citizenship as well even today. >> point that out, because the jewish vote is very vital in the country as we watched it play out in the election, and why is that? >> well, listen, first of all, they have a fantastic lobby which is called apac which is american israel political action committee and they do a fantastic job in representing american jews before the congress. there's the one thing with congress that they can -- the one thing they can agree on these days is support for israel and the ability to defend themselves, and in fact, they recently passed unanimously, resolutions in both chambers saying that israel has the right the do so. so the israeli population is at one point 70 years ago was 3.5% of the american population, and today it is around 2% and in apparently something like seven years, seven years,
now and it leaves the united states in a very difficult position. you remember, president obama said in that interview with telemundo that he wasn't sure egypt was really even a steadfast ally right now, he said it's not quite an enemy. right now when you have egyptian officials expressing such solidarity with hamas, it's clear to see why the united states had those doubts. >> richard engel in gaza, thanks very much. >>> we are learning more today about september's deadly consulate attack in benghazi, libya. former cia director david petraeus still reeling from the revelation of his affair, testified on capitol hill behind closed doors. kristin welker is in our washington bureau with more. good morning. >> reporter: general petraeus snuck in and out of the capital on friday, but his testimony is still making waves with lawmakers. some say it only raises more questions about the way the administration landled the benghazi attack. due to the firestorm surrounding his life, reporters were blocked to spare him embarrassment. lawmakers say petraeus testified that the cia immediately belie
be confirmed of secretary of state if nominated by the approximate president? >> i don't know. i'm deferential to the president's picks. i voted for kagan and sotomayor. senator obama voted gaps john bolton, alito and john roberts. he had a very high bar for confirmation. i have a very low bar. i'm going to listen to what susan rice has to say, put her entire record in context. but i'm not going to give her a plus for passing on a narrative that was misleading to the american people, and whether she knew it was misleading or not. >> you won't filibuster her appointment? >> i'm going to wait to see what the state department has to say, but i'm very disappointed in susan rice, somebody who knew nothing about benghazi, telling a story that was disconnected from reality that did make the president look good at a time when quite frankly the narrative should have been challenged, not reinforced, that al qaeda was dismantled. that's what they wanted us to believe, that al qaeda was dismantled, and benghazi was exhibit a that that storyline was not working and was untrue. >> let me turn to the issue o
president obama to do right now? >> oh, gosh. that's a tough question, because susan rice is being unfairly pillared for what happened here. at the same time the state department is primarily responsible for the breakdown in security. the failure to provide adequate security to our ambassador in libya. that investigation is clearly something that mrs. clinton is going to have to reckon with. in a choice right now where the middle east is aflame and where iran ultimately becomes the greatest diplomatic and potential military challenge that the united states faces, it's clear that the president's going to need sure footing with a secretary of state who has the stature and respect around the world and by the way with congress. i really feel na perhaps senator kerry in the end is going to probably be that person who has that -- carrying that stature and knowledge. yet, at the same time be perfectly frank. what is happening to susan rice is unfair and inappropriate. she doesn't deserve to have a reputation tarnished. she was the last person in the world who was responsible for what took place in
tanks on the gaza border. and u.s. congressional leaders met with president obama and voiced hope they'll reach agreement on avoiding the fiscal cliff. and online, an update on the health care law. kwame holman explains how to find out if your state is building an insurance exchange. >> holman: use our map to discover which states are setting up their own plans, and which have asked for federal assistance. that's on "the rundown." on "making sense, economics correspondent paul solman compares the federal budget to how a family makes its budget. plus, nova takes viewers inside the mega-storm called hurricane sandy. it airs sunday on most pbs stations. all that and more is on our web site, newshour.pbs.org. judy. >> woodruff: and that's the newshour for tonight. on monday, we'll look at president obama's trip to the southeast asian nation of myanmar, where he'll meet with opposition leader and nobel prize winner aung sang su kyi. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. "washington week" with gwen ifill can be seen later this evening on most pbs stations. after that, ray hosts
. the various agencies, who state department, justice department before going out to lawmakers. gregg? >> gregg: molly henneberg in washington. thanks. >> heather: president obama now in germany during a brief stop on his way to southeast asia. deputy national security advisor ben rhodes says that working with that region will be a critical part of the president's second term and ultimately his foreign policy legacy. president obama will first arrive in tie land before moving on to cambodia and then on monday, he will actually make history by becoming the first sitting u.s. president to visit burma. >> gregg: extremely tight election is now over in the state of arizona. democrat ron barber won a full term representing the state's second congressional district. vote increase a special election picked him to finish out the remainder of gabrielle giffords' term. but last week's election, so very tight, took until today to declare a clear winner. >> heather: the tsa confirming to fox news a troubling weakness in our nation's airport security and if exploited, it could make it easier for passengers
you stop the rocket fire. >> the united states has played its hand certainly in a way that -- that helps netanyahu. the u.s., president obama said personally from the beginning, that the cause of this conflict is hamas rocket attacks on israel. and the intolerable suffering that that causes for israeli population. so he's squarely placed the blame on hamas. at the same time, obama has been working with his contacts in the region. he's been on the phone to president morsi in egypt, to the prime minister in turkey. now we see the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon heading to cairo. all these diplomatic efforts are also being brought into play. i think, again, it will come down to whether egypt is prepared to exert leverage and pay some capital with its own militant wing to bring hamas into some kind of cease-fire. >> and can the u.s. use as a stick in this diplomacy the billions of dollars in aid that we give to egypt? >> conceivably, that would be possible, norah. i think the u.s. has been very reluctant to play that card so far. one reason we continue to be able to tal
states has allocated about $275 million for israel's iron dome system. >>> president obama addressing the people of myanmar during his historic visit there. in a speech at the university of yangon, he praised the country for its remarkable journey toward democracy. and said further reforms are needed. he's the first sitting u.s. president to ever visit the country. he also met with activist aung san suu kyi at the home where for 15 years she was a political prisoner. >>> here in the u.s., more than 3,000 people rallying outside the white house in opposition to proposed keystone xl pipeline. that pipeline would help deliver oil from canada's tar sands down to the gulf of mexico. last year the obama administration delayed a decision on the controversial project. delayed it until after the election. >>> a family affair in texas, where a father and his two adult children are accused in a string of bank robberies. authorities say ronald scott and his 20-year-old son hayden robbed the banks while they're daughter, 18-year-old abby, drove the getaway car. the family is believed to be respons
of president obama, as he sees the growing obligations internationally as well as a continued and very important obligation here at home with the economy, what will we see him doing? the role of the secretary of state growing, perhaps, in this coming term. >> yeah, i think you're right. i think we are going to see our global influence grow. i mean, he has spent his first term really focusing on the things he was trying to get done at home. now he's got a little bit of latitude to be able to move us forward and build some really strong relationships, be it in asia, really figuring out how we're going to engage with china so we can with compete on an economic front. i think we'll see a lot more of this happening. i don't think his work economically in building allies around the world is going to in any way change how we're having conversations with israel and working on our issues in the middle east. >> one of his first major trips here after being re-elected, what does that say? >> it says that he does want to pay more attention to international affairs. he's going to have to with what'
president obama defended u.n. ambassador susan rice who was criticized for her remarks immediately following this attack. she is reportedly in contention to succeed hillary clinton as our secretary of state, take a listen. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmurch her reputation is outrageous. jenna: senator john cornyn of texas what's elected to be the senate's minority whip, a bit of a promotion if you will. thanks to have you back on the program. >> thank you, jenna, good to be with you. jenna: your reaction on what the president had to say yesterday in. >> i thought it was an overreaction to say the least. congress has a constitutional responsibility under our system of checks and balances to consider any nominations to an executive branch position, like secretary of state. the president knows that. i us
share stated that he would not give up due to him being--he wrote a three page letter stated that they will handle things. they stated that they do not want him to handle domestic violence do days due to him pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for hitting his wife. >>still to come president obama is pushing congress to come up with an agreement before the fiscal cliff. >> this is the james area and there's not too much traffic out there. we will be right back. mçó4+y?i >>we are back. it is a 3:00 p.m.a 3:00 p.m.. 8:15 a.m. walns been seen steady rain. we will have a little bit of a break because we will be sitting at between two systems. it will be pretty heavy in the north bay. take a look at storm tracker 4. we have been saying showers consistently running through san francisco. taken a look at satellite and radar the system is pushing up from the south. the neck system will be cooler.xt system will be will still be ddealing with downpours. we will see some sunshine and a little bit of a dry break. it will not last too long because the rain will push back in as 6:00 p.m. it
. >> heather: president obama in thailand today on the second leg of his asian tour weighing on the escalating violence in the middle east telling reporters that israel has right to defend itself. he urged the jewish state without ramping up military activity in gaza. egyptian officials say a senior israeli official has arrived for talks on a cease-fire. chuck nash is a fox military analyst to provide a little more insight for us. thank you for joining us. these talks are underway right now. egypt is leading was the toy try to reach a cease-fire. how realistic do you think that is? >> i think it may achieve some results. bottom line some folks that the morsi government being a muslim brotherhood background and main member put hamas up to this. i really don't think so because i think the egyptians sent representatives over to the gaza strip to talk to hamas. folks over there, what are you out of your mind? if they think they can provoke a war with israel and that the neighbors are going to join in, that is simply isn't going to happen. it may have happened ten years ago, but right now, if you l
and president obama have increasing number of border patrol. i acknowledge that we have an increase of resources. when you have a disparity of resources in other states, it pushes the traffic across the border to make it worse. we need to come together. >> let us do it. >> i do not want to suggest -- we know if you say -- we have a terrible problem, people get a mixed message. it is not ok. >> i have. my position is simple -- i do not like people calling it a war zone. i have big brothers that our peace officers. when is a border sheriff. he used to do narcotics and intelligence. i know the reality of what is happening out there. at the same time, this is texas. it does not stop at the border. we have to work together. if you want to talk about washington in general, we have the george bush tax cuts that are about to expire at the end of the year. i have supported them. we have to do a sequestration, which means that we had passed $1 trillion. we have to cut another one $1.2 trillion -- billion. we are faced with one thing that a lot of people tell us to do -- not raise our taxes, do not cut our
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